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How to Exfoliate to Get Rid of Dark Underarm Skin

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author image Melissa King
Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.
How to Exfoliate to Get Rid of Dark Underarm Skin
How to Exfoliate to Get Rid of Dark Underarm Skin Photo Credit Shaunia McKenzie/Demand Media

If you shave your underarms, you've probably noticed a dark shadow on your skin even after the hair is long gone. Often, your armpits will look dark because of the buildup of dead skin cells and other debris. If you're in the mood to go sleeveless, get rid of the discoloration by exfoliating your underarm skin.

Step 1

How to Exfoliate to Get Rid of Dark Underarm Skin
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Wash your underarms in the shower with warm water and a gentle cleanser. Pat dry with a towel.

Step 2

How to Exfoliate to Get Rid of Dark Underarm Skin
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Dampen your underarms with a few drops of water. Massage the exfoliant into your underarm skin using small, circular motions. If desired, you can also use a loofah or sea sponge to apply the exfoliant. Continue exfoliating for two to three minutes.

Step 3

How to Exfoliate to Get Rid of Dark Underarm Skin
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Rinse the exfoliant off with warm water. Check for underarm darkness. If any remains, exfoliate again. Pat underarms dry with a towel when you're finished.

Step 4

How to Exfoliate to Get Rid of Dark Underarm Skin
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Rub a moisturizer into your underarms to hydrate and soften skin.

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